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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

235 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 12-24-2008)
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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

foureyedgeek, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of boralyl
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, rich amber color which sits under an inch of soapy off-white head. The head has nice retention leaving behind plenty of lacing.

S - The aroma has a nice balance between malts and hops (with the hops edging out the malts slightly). The boutique of hop flavors match the description perfectly. There is some floral, spicy, and citrusy components. There is also a sweet caramel malt presence throughout.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel.

T - A mix of spicy and citrus hops meet your taste buds upon the first sip. It's got a sweet malt backbone throughout with some possible chocolate malt showing up near the finish along with some flowery bitterness.

This is an excellent winter ale, that I don't know fits into any one category. Imperial red, strong ale, whatever you call it, it's delicious. I love the art work too, courtesy of Martin Ontiveros.

boralyl, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of wembly13
4/5  rDev -2%

wembly13, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of PZBREW
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

PZBREW, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

SnatchyMcPants, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jason_nwx, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Greels
4/5  rDev -2%

Greels, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

spamages, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

guajolote, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Kylemif
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kylemif, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent copper hue, with a nice 2-finger off-white head. Retention and lacing are quite good.

S - Smell is of caramel malts, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), pine, and candied citrus fruits. Some really fantastic aromas coming from this beer!

T - Taste if of candied grapefruit, backed by biscuit-y caramel malts, various spices, and finishes with moderate pine bitterness (though not quite to an IPA level).

M - Body here is medium, which was slightly lighter than expected for it's ABV and the style, but pleasant nonetheless. Carbonation is light. Slight hop oiliness is present.

O - Overall, a tasty and winter ale with a slight emphasis on hops, and yet another good offering from Hopworks. Be sure to give this one a try if you spot it.

Flightoficarus, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of robbrandes
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taster poured from a bottle @ Elegance - thanks Carl! reviewed from notes.

pours a nice light brown, impressive head. really big citrus nose on this one - gotta love those centennials!

taste follows smell with a big citrus punch, but the malt and alcohol balance is very good and make for a clean finish.

definitely enjoyed this beer. forget winter, this was just fine in the first week of june!

robbrandes, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev -2%

jnoelani, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale is delicious, but as is so often my experience with "winter ales" I'm really not sure what this style is supposed to taste like because the variation from brewer to brewer seems to be all over the place. That aside, this is a surprisingly great beer.

Poured out of the 22oz'er the body is a light caramely red color (like sherry) and has frothy lacing like mad. Looks nice.

Smells of hops and malt, not much else. This is a big and aromatic beer. Excellent.

The taste is excellent as well. First taste makes me think I'm drinking an imperial IPA but then the sweetness from the malt kicks in. Think of a strong, extra malty IPA and there ya go, that is the Abominable Winter Ale. The flavor goes from sweet malt --> hops. It's very big and strong in both aspects, but still well-balanced (not too dry or too sweet).

The body is pretty light, but still very creamy due to all the head that sticks around after pouring.

This is a good one, it's just missing the seemingly requisite chocolatey aspect of every winter ales, winter warmers, winter seasonals, and anniversary ales I've ever come across. As a result, I just can't give it the 5.0 for taste that I want to, even though it is truly excellent tasting.

MadeInOregon, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. It's still winter last time we checked, so this arrived right on time. The nose is an amazingly enticing combination of citrus and sweet malt. Great hops/malt balance. The taste definitely delivers a similar experience, but with so much more complexity. There's plenty of sweet fruit, marmalade zing, ripe melons and a nice roundness to the malt. But a since so much of the fruit blast comes as a result of the hops, there's also a good clean, drying finish that saves this from being overly sweet. Hard to categorize this beer, except to say that it's delicious and is one of the better winter brews we've tried this year.

CookstLiquor, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

hannaho, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

BeerNW, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BigJYoungblood, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cburns48, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerme5, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, clear mahogany red with a fluffy off-white head and good lacing.

A: Big grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and spicey hop notes as well as a caramel/bisciut malt backbone and some roasted notes. Very clean yeast profile.

T: Surprisingly smooth bitterness up front, followed by grapefruit rind, pine, and slightly resiny hop notes with a biscuit and caramel malt balance. Moderate carbonation and a smooth body lead into a clean finish.

Overall, a very tasty brew, but not what one would usually expect out of a winter ale. Much closer to a heavily hopped Northwest Red Ale, or a heavily hopped imperial german alt. With that in mind, this brew is definitely worth a try, especially for you hopheads.

Siriusfisherman, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, $5.99 + deposit at BC Liquor Store at 8th and Cambie, Vancouver.

A: warm golden brown with about a finger of head and good retention.
S: grapefruit and other citrus, plus a more general fruitiness. Some sweetness.
T: grapefruit, malt, moderate but not overwhelming bitterness.

Based on the name, I was expecting a winter warmer. I see the it's listed on here as an American amber / red ale, which is definitely more accurate. I think I need a beeradvocate.com app so I can check out beer info from the liquor store before I make my purchases! This wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I wanted.

Would I get it again? I wouldn't seek it out, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down either.

souvenirs, Jun 21, 2013
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.